SUN. April 23, at 5:30PM | Reading of Post-Apartheid South African Playwrights Mike Van Graan, Ashra
This post-show discussion will be a reading of selected scenes from contemporary South African plays. Here are summaries of the plays that scenes will be read from:
Green Man Flashing (Mike van Graan, 2004)
Six weeks before the country’s second elections in 1999, the white personal assistant to a high profile black government minister with an impeccable anti-apartheid struggle record alleges that he has raped her. Should the allegation become public, it would seriously damage the governing party in the elections. The party sends a two-member delegation to persuade the alleged victim not to go through with the charges, offering her tempting alternatives.
At Her Feet (Nadia Davids, 2006)
At Her Feet gives voice to six Muslim women of different ages and their response to events including an honor-killing in Jordan and everyday life in Cape Town. They examine their experiences as Muslim women both with respect to the behavior of other practitioners of Islam, as well as at the hands of people outside of their faith.
The Quiet Violence of Dreams (Ashraf Johaardien, adapted from K. Sello Duiker’s novel, 2010)
Tshepo, a Capetonian college student, struggles with a psychosis resulting from a childhood trauma. In order to pay the rent, he becomes a male sex-worker, offering him a chance to explore his own sexual identity in a world that accepts his orientation. His story intersects with that of Mmabatho, a female friend who almost always comes to his rescue, even as she struggles to live up to the expectations of both cool, contemporary Cape Town and her traditional Sotho background.